Long Lartin Prison

Long Lartin is a high security men’s prison in Evesham, Worcestershire.

Prison visits are temporarily suspended following instructions for people to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. We will update here as soon as this changes. You can also follow @HMPPS on Twitter and read a rolling update page.

There are a number of other ways to contact someone in prison if you are unable to visit them. You can:

You can also contact the Prisoners’ Families Helpline on 0808 808 2003.

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Book and plan your visit to Long Lartin

To visit someone in Long Lartin you must:

  • be on that person’s visitor list
  • book your visit 3 days in advance
  • have the required ID with you when you go

Up to 3 adults (over 18) can visit at once along with their children (under 18). Large families can visit together, on request.

Visits are 2 hours long for most prisoners, but only one hour if they are on basic ‘privileges’.

A resident is entitled to a visit in the first week (‘reception’ visit) and every 2 weeks after that. This will include at least one weekend visit, every 4 weeks.

If the man is on remand (awaiting trial), you can visit him at least 3 days a week, including most weekends.

Call Long Lartin with any questions about visits:

Telephone: 01386 295 188
Find out about call charges

Help with the cost of your visit

If you get certain benefits or have an NHS health certificate, you might be able to get help with the costs of your visit, including:

  • travel to Long Lartin
  • somewhere to stay overnight
  • meals

How to book family and friends visits

You can book your visit online.

You can also book by telephone.

Booking line: 01386 295 188
Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 2:30pm
Find out about call charges

You can email directly, if you prefer.

Visiting times:

  • Tuesday: 2pm to 4:15pm
  • Thursday: 2pm to 4:15pm
  • Saturday: 2pm to 4pm
  • Sunday: 2pm to 4pm

The visitors centre opens at 1pm. Try to arrive at least half an hour before your visit time to allow for checking in and security.


All visits must be booked 3 days in advance.

You can also book by telephone.

Booking line: 01386 295 188
Monday to Friday, 9am to 2:30pm
Find out about call charges

Visiting times:

  • Tuesday: 9:30am to 11:30am, 2pm to 4:15pm
  • Thursday: 9:30am to 11:30am, 2pm to 4:15pm

You cannot take anything into the visit, except your required legal documents.

Morning legal visits are processed at the main gate and afternoon legal visits at the visitors centre which opens at 1pm.

Getting to Long Lartin

Find Long Lartin on a map

The closest railway station is Evesham which is 6 miles from the prison. You can take a bus directly to the prison from there.

To plan your journey by public transport:

There is a visitor car park with spaces for Blue Badge holders. It’s at the visitors centre which has step-free access and a disabled toilet. If you need assistance when visiting, please ask the staff when you arrive.

Entering Long Lartin

All visitors aged 16 and older need to bring one of the following types of photo ID:

  • passport (can be non-UK or expired, if the photo is recognisable)
  • driving licence
  • European Community identity card
  • citizen card
  • benefit book
  • senior citizen’s public transport pass (issued by local authority)
  • employer’s or student ID card (if it has a photo or signature that can be checked on arrival, and if it shows the name of the visitor and the employer/college)

If you are unable to produce one of the above, staff may accept 2 or more of the following:

  • birth/marriage certificate
  • cheque book or credit/debit card (counts as one)
  • employer’s pass or ID or student ID card, if not acceptable as the one form of ID
  • young person’s ‘proof of age’ card
  • trade union or student union membership card
  • rent book
  • foreign identity or residents’ card (other than European Community ID cards acceptable in their own right)

All visitors will be given a pat-down search, be searched using a hand-held metal detector and will need to go through the archway metal detector. This includes children. You may also be sniffed by security dogs and searched on your way out of the prison. Coats, jackets and shoes will be X-rayed and physically searched.

Long Lartin has a strict dress code policy, which means visitors should wear smart clothes and proper shoes (no toe-caps or flip flops). It also means no vests, no low-cut tops, no shorts, no ripped clothes, no camouflage print or offensive slogans, no short dresses and no headwear, other than that worn for religious reasons.

Each adult visitor is allowed to take in a maximum of £20 in coins (notes are not allowed). The money can be used to buy food and drink from the vending machine in the visiting hall.

There are strict controls on what you can take into Long Lartin. You will have to leave most of the things you have with you in a locker (£1 refunded) or with security. This includes pushchairs and car seats. If you’re visiting with a baby, you can take in 3 nappies, baby wipes, baby bottle, a dummy and an unopened jar of baby food or an unopened carton of milk.

You will be told the rules by an officer at the start of your visit. If you break the rules, your visit could be cancelled and you could be banned from visiting again.

Visiting facilities

The visitors centre opens at 1pm.

A family support worker can help with information about prison routines, visiting procedures and other organisations offering support to families with someone in prison.

A kiosk sells snacks and drinks, there are toys for the children to play with and toilets and baby changing facilities.

Once inside the visiting hall, there is a qualified playworker in the children’s play area which provides toys, games and crafts.

There is step-free access to the centre and a disabled toilet.

Family days

Family days are during school holidays, 7 times per year.

These visits take place in a more relaxed and informal environment with play activities in the visits area for fathers and children to share together. Family days allow prisoners to maintain and strengthen the family bond and build confidence in interacting with their children.

Residents can apply for these.

Keep in touch with someone at Long Lartin

There are several ways you can keep in touch with a resident during their time at Long Lartin.

Phone calls

Residents do not have phones in their rooms so they will always have to call you. They have to buy phone credits to do this.

They can phone anyone named on their list of friends and family. This list is checked by security when they first arrive so it may take a few days before they are able to call.

You can also exchange voicemails using the Prison Voicemail service.

Officers may listen to phone calls as a way of preventing crime and helping keep people safe.


You can send emails to someone in Long Lartin using the Email a Prisoner service.

You might also be able to attach photos and receive replies from the resident, depending on the rules at Long Lartin.


You can write at any time.

Include the person’s name and prisoner number on the envelope.

If you do not know their prisoner number, contact Long Lartin.

All post, apart from legal letters, will be opened and checked by officers.

Send money and gifts

You can use the free and fast online service to send money to someone in prison.

You can also send:

  • postal orders
  • cheques
  • cash

Postal orders and cheques should be made payable to The Governor, and include the resident’s name and prisoner number on the back.

Gifts and parcels

People in Long Lartin are given a list of approved items that can be sent to them as gifts. Contact Long Lartin for more information on what’s allowed.

Visitors can bring in books.

Men can also apply for one clothing package and one electrical package a year, depending on ‘privileges’.

Make sure to include the man’s name and prisoner number on the parcel.

All parcels will be opened and checked by officers.

Life at Long Lartin

Long Lartin is committed to providing a safe and educational environment where men can learn new skills to help them on release.

Security and safeguarding

Every person at Long Lartin has a right to feel safe. The staff are responsible for their safeguarding and welfare at all times.

All safeguarding processes are overseen by Worcestershire County Council.

Arrival and first night

When a resident first arrives at Long Lartin, they will be able to contact a family member by phone. This could be quite late in the evening, depending on the time they arrive.

They will get to speak to someone who will check how they’re feeling and ask about any immediate health and wellbeing needs.


Each person who arrives at Long Lartin gets an induction that lasts about a week. They will meet professionals who will help them with:

  • health and wellbeing, including mental and sexual health
  • any substance misuse issues, including drugs and alcohol
  • personal development in custody and on release, including skills, education and training
  • other support (sometimes called ‘interventions’), such as managing difficult emotions

Everyone also finds out about the rules, fire safety, and how things like calls and visits work.

A prisoner offender manager (POM) is allocated to the new resident who will support them with risk reduction, transfers, parole and any other issues that come up.


Long Lartin houses over 600 men in single rooms. There are 6 residential units and a detainee unit. All units are supported by healthcare, programmes and segregation units.

There is an Incentives and Earned Privileges (IEP) system so men can earn a cell with in-cell TV and cooking facilities.

All wings have rooms with in-cell TV, table tennis and pool tables. There is a gym with a full size sports hall, weight training room, classroom and all weather area. Men can apply for up to 5 sessions a week, as well as training for qualifications.

Education and work

Vocational training includes woodcraft, bricklaying, barbering, industrial cleaning, laundry and painting and decorating.

Work activities also include contract work earning enhanced wages.

The education department offers a wide range of learning opportunities both in the classroom and the workplace. It focuses on the need to raise basic skills with a fully equipped Skills for Life Workshop, whilst also offering Open University courses to those who wish to study at degree level. The library provides a wide range of reading material and music.

Offender behaviour programmes offer courses to those who struggle with emotional management, violence and substance abuse problems. All residents are subject to mandatory drugs testing (MDT). There is a personal officer scheme and drugs counselling.

The multi-faith chaplaincy team provides pastoral care for staff and residents. The aim is to help prisoners to discover and develop a spiritual awareness both individually and in groups. General activities like art, music, concerts, seminars and bereavement support are also offered.

Organisations Long Lartin works with

Worcestershire Primary Care NHS Trust provides a team of multi-disciplinary nurses and agency GPs for the healthcare centre.

Services include mental health, physiotherapy (help with physical injuries and pain), a dentist, optician and podiatrist (for foot problems).

Support for family and friends

Find out about advice and helplines for family and friends.

Support at Long Lartin

The Prison Advice and Care Trust (PACT) offer help and support to families and friends with someone in prison.

Problems and complaints

If you have a problem contact Long Lartin. If you cannot resolve the problem directly, you can make a complaint to HM Prison and Probation Service.

HM Prison and Probation Service publishes action plans for Long Lartin in response to independent inspections.

Contact Long Lartin

Governor: Steve Cross

Telephone: 01386 295 100
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Fax: 01386 295 101
Find out about call charges

In an emergency, call 0800 496 1455.


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HMP Long Lartin
South Littleton
WR11 8TZ

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Safer custody hotline

If you have concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a man in Long Lartin, call the safer custody hotline.

Telephone: 0800 496 1455
Find out about call charges

Leave your name, telephone number, the reason for your call and the name and prisoner number of the man you are worried about. You should be called back within 24 hours.

In an emergency, call 0800 496 1455.

Published 5 May 2020
Last updated 24 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added confirmation of secure video calls being made available at this prison.

  2. First published.